Writers Release “Singles” Through Byliner, 5 Tips for Live Tweeting, the Dangers of “Comfort Journalism”


For today’s roundup of top media and journalism stories, we have an analysis of the new “single” book publisher Byliner, and a few tips on how to Tweet better. We also have a look at 25 publishers under 35 years old as well as a warning against the proliferation of “comfort news.”

It’s all the news fit to blog on Ebyline’s Daily Dose:

Byliner Launches With A Splash, Aims To Disrupt Long-Form Journalism

“Let’s be clear: I took this meeting purely as a favor to a friend. I went into the meeting expecting another ill-thought-out nouveau vanity publishing platform. I came out of the meeting wanting to write a Byliner single.”

5 Tips To Help You Live Tweet A Speech

“Live tweeting is quickly becoming a favorite way for news organizations and web content writers to cover speeches and other events. It allows people at their desks in an office environment to follow an event without having to turn on a livestream or a TV. With college commencement season around the corner, here are some tips to help you live tweet like a pro!”


Eric Newton, senior adviser to the president at Knight Foundation, delivered this talk on April 7, 2011, to more than 300 parents, students and faculty at the College of Journalism and Mass Communication at the University of Nebraska.  He discussed the excitement and fears of journalists in the age of digital news and the proliferation of ‘comfort news.’”

25 Under 35

“They are young enough to have giant Homer Simpson cardboard cutouts in their cubicles, energetic enough to work long hours without Red Bull, and savvy enough to start not one but three newspapers in the midst of a historic downturn.”

‘Malled’ reveals hardships of retail employees

“At age 50, Caitlin Kelly started working as a sales clerk at The North Face, at a company-owned shop at a mall near New York City. She had lost a salaried job at the New York Daily News. But as a successful freelance writer, she felt burned out by the constant pitching of stories and the lousy pay for those stories… Kelly remained on the job at The North Face for more than two years. Disillusionment crept up, then downright dissatisfaction. She decided to write a book.”



Can You Tweet While on Vacation? Radio Reporting Via iPhone? Top Newspapers on Twitter


Can you report entirely from an iPhone? Are newspapers and copywriting services missing the boat when they don’t engage their readers via blog posts? How do you tweet while on vacation? For today’s media roundup, we found some stories that address these questions and more. We also have some reports on how different media outlets are doing on Twitter. Are they gaining or losing followers? Finally, we have a report that researched the way readers interact with links in stories. You may be surprised to see what they found.

It’s all the news fit to blog at Ebyline’s Daily Dose:

How One Radio Reporter Ditched His Equipment for an iPhone 4

“It’s been more than a year since I packed away my laptop computer, digital recorders, microphones, cables and cameras, and began covering Washington, D.C. with only my iPhone.”

The Top 25 Newspapers on Twitter — Who’s Up, Who’s Down

“Last fall, the blog Journalistics published a list ranking the top 25 newspapers on Twitter, based on their follower counts. (TheWrap followed up with a similar list for magazines.) I figured it’s time we update the newspaper list, to see how the troubled print industry has fared — and at what pace the audience for their tweets is growing.”

Newspapers and Social Media: Still Not Really Getting It

“Many traditional media entities have embraced social-media services like Twitter and Facebook and blogs — at least to some extent — as tools for reporting and journalism, using them to publish and curate news reports. But newspapers in particular seem to have a hard time accepting the “social” part of these tools, at least when it comes to letting their journalists engage with readers as human beings. A case in point is the new social-media policy introduced at a major newspaper in Canada, which tells its staff not to express personal opinions — even on their personal accounts or pages — and not to engage with readers in the comments.”

The Way You Combine Text With Links Can Enhance Reader Interest and Understanding

“Our latest study, forthcoming in Science Communication, shows that non-expert audiences become more engaged with – and comprehend complex news better – when explanatory text is combined with specific explanatory links (not just links to other websites).”

How to Keep your Twitter Account Active – Even When You’re on Vacation

“Going on vacation doesn’t mean leaving your social media presence to sit dormant. There are a few things you can do to keep up your Twitter appearance while you’re away basking in the summer sun. And these tips can be put into use if you just want a mini-vacation from your Twitter account or the computer in general, too.”

Is @ACarvin the First Twitter Anchor? Is NYT’s Paywall Model Like NPR + Spot.Us? When is the Best Time to Tweet?


Andy Carvin by Docseals via Flickr

Today, we’ve compiled some interesting and debate-worthy topics from across the internet. Spot.Us founder David Cohn digs deeper into the New York Times paywall discussion and Neiman Labs has the real story behind what and when we tweet. Technosociology discusses NPR’s Andy Carvin and explores the creation of a new type of news anchor who reports only via Twitter.


It’s all the news fit to blog at Ebyline’s Daily Dose:

David Cohn: Why the New York Times’ Pay Model is Similar to NPR and Spot.Us
“There has been much opining about the New York Times pay wall that went up this week. I was quoted in a Neiman Lab post on the topic; I wrote about it for the Reynolds Journalism Institute, where I’m currently a fellow; and I was a guest on WNPR, an NPR station in Connecticut, to discuss the topic with other news professionals.”

Tweet late, email early, and don’t forget about Saturday: Using data to develop a social media strategy

“Tweet more, and embrace the weekends. That’s according to Dan Zarrella, a social media researcher (with 33,000 followers himself). Zarrella works for HubSpot, mining data on hundreds of millions of tweets, blog posts, and email newsletters to help marketers find trends. News organization should pay attention, too.”

Twitter and the Anti-Playstation Effect on War Coverage

“As I follow the remarkable political transformations ongoing in the Middle East and North Africa through social media, I’m struck by the depth of the difference between news curation and anchoring on Twitter versus Television.”

Census data available to IRE members

“As journalists gear up for the second release of data from the 2010 Census, members of Investigative Reporters and Editors will be able to download data ready for analysis thanks to USA TODAY.”

Nashville Scene Accidentally Posts First Draft of Theater Review, Critics Charge Racism

“Nashville Scene accidentally posted a draft version of a theater review on its website, which included portions that some readers found racist


How Google Books Lawsuit Affects Journalism, OMG in the OED, and Can Twitter Ruin Your Career?


Today we have some fresh analysis and news about our evolving journalism world. New York Times delivers another “Ahem” to the FreeNYTIMES twitter feed, and Google books gets another stern look (and a day in court) from some publishing associations. We also have some tips on streamlining your Google analytics and a warning of how Twitter could ruin your professional life as a freelance writer.

All the new fit to blog at Ebyline’s Daily Dose:

NY Times Clarifies: Tweet Our Stories, But Don’t Use Our Logo

“In case you’ve been wondering why the @freeNYTimes Twitter feed continues to serve up a steady stream of links to New York Times articles even after the paper asked Twitter to shut it down, I have an answer.”

Lessons for journalism from the Google Books decision, across Europe and here in the US

“On Tuesday, US Judge Denny Chin rejected a settlement agreement between Google, the Association of American Publishers, and the Authors Guild for a 2005 lawsuit over the search giant’s full-text scanning and displays of copyrighted books. While Judge Chin’s decision makes the precise future of Google Books unclear for now, the issues it raises are already being felt by journalists, newspapers, and media creators of all stripes who are currently grappling with Google abroad.”

7 Ways to Totally Destroy Your Reputation on Twitter

“You spend weeks upon weeks carefully crafting your reputation on Twitter, only to see all your efforts demolished by a single tweet. It’s an uphill battle to make yourself into who you want to be, 140-characters or less at a time, and all it takes is a single mistake to see all of that effort crumble. Here are 10 ways to destroy your reputation on Twitter, in case you did want to take a dive.”

Why You Should Track Short Links using Google Analytics

“It is a common practice for social marketers to use URL shorteners to track how many people clicked on a particular article. By tracking clicks on links, marketers hope to gather intelligence that will help them optimize content and distribution elements.  But, tracking clicks has two major flaws.”

OMG, FYI, and LOL enter Oxford English Dictionary, foreshadow the apocalypse

In an acknowledgement of the internet’s overwhelming influence on the triviality we sometimes refer to as “real life,” the Oxford English Dictionary doyens have decided to add a few of the web’s favorite pronouncements to their lexicon. Among them are the standouts OMG, LOL and FYI, joining their compatriots IMHO and BFF among the proud number of officially sanctioned initialisms (abbreviations contracted to the initials of their words) used in the English language.